-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Less than 1 Month
I recently decided to pick up a Manix 2... I've read a ton of reviews about them, and they seem to be universally loved, so I thought I'd give one a spin. Now that I've lived a week or so with it, I totally understand all the positive things people have said about it. It's a pretty sweet knife.
Size-wise it is bigger than I expected, but not too big for EDC. It is a little smaller in length and maybe width than a JYDII. It seems to be about the same weight to my untrained hand, but I have no scales to see (the net calls the JYDII 5.2 ounces, the Manix 2 5 ounces...). For anyone who doesn't know, the M2 has a 3 3/8" blade of 154CM, ball lock, g10 over stainless liners.
The main complaint I have read about the knife is that the lock can be stiff. Mine was stiff when it arrived, but the learning curve for getting it open and closed smoothly was about 2 minutes. The lock is similar in function and operation to the Axis lock or arc lock (Sog), but instead of using a bar the lock is comprised of a steel bearing (BB?) housed in a plastic doohicky that is manipulated by the user. I wasn't thrilled about the doohicky being made of plastic, but after having the knife for a while I've decided that it certainly seems strong and durable. When the lock is pulled to the rear, it allows the blade to swing free from either an open or closed position. When the knife is locked open, pulling the lock back allows the knife to swing closed very sweetly with nothing more than gravity, and opening the knife with the lock pulled back requires a small flick of the wrist, like the axis lock. The action is extremely smooth (and I've cut myself twice now closing it on a finger...). I think it opens more smoothly than the few Axis knives I've had actually...
Construction wise... The knife had a small 'tag' of G10 in the lock opening that was left behind after cutting (stamping, milling... whatever). Other than that I could find no fault with the knife. I cut the tag out with no problems. The scales were nice, not too grippy, not too slick. The torx screws were all seated correctly with no stripping. The grinds looked good, the pocket clip is nicely done, blade is centered when closed and lockup is extremely tight.
The clip is set for RH or LH tip up carry. There is a large lanyard hole as well. But the thing that really makes this knife stand out to me is the jimping. The knife has jimping on the spine of the handle where the backspacer is, on the belly of the handle, in the finger choils and on the spine of the blade. The jimping in the blade (spine and choil) is fairly aggressive, while the jimping on the frame is a little less so. Still the frame jimping protrudes from the G10 a smidge and gives great confidence when the hand is sweaty. I'd like to see this type of jimping on all knives. This was one feature of the M2 that I didn't know about prior to ordering it.
The knife was hair popping sharp. As a matter o fact, the hair on my arm kinda fled from the blade as it got near. After a week of typical use (cutting cardboard targets, cutting zip ties, shaving my arm, cutting paper, excessive ogling) it is still hair popping sharp. I've always liked 154CM just fine.
Either way, just like the other 200 people who have reviewed it, I like this knife. The only thing I'd change is making the doohicky out of metal, but that is not based on anything other than some sort of anti-plastic prejudice and has nothing to do with the function of the knife. All in all it was $60 well spent.
Comment by Tom 06/22/2015
Good review but the cage for the ball bearing is not actually plastic it's polymer (yes there's a difference) and is very strong. Lots of modern day handgus are made of mostly polymer and they take much more of a beating than a pocket knife ever will